Non-recurring Adoption Expense Reimbursements

I know, it’s a mouthful. But it’s worth taking the time to toss around as many families adopting special needs kids from China qualify for up to $2000 back from their state. Special needs domestic adoptions are eligible in every state for a one time reimbursement of non-recurring adoption expenses. But many states also reimburse […]



I will be leaving in 2 weeks to bring home our new daughter, Vivienne. And I am scared. She is 26 months old, 30 inches and 22 pounds. And she seriously scares me. This will be our fifth adoption, so you might think I know enough about adoption not to be scared. The truth is, […]

giveaway winner: week 5!


How can it be? It’s already week 5 of our Wild Olive giveaway. Which means this is our last winner…. Congratulations Amy Jo! Email me at and let me know what Wild Olive Tee you’d like! Be sure to check out our site, we’ve got a brand new design. Just in time for Christmas. […]

adopting SN step one: choosing an agency

Often I am asked, “How do I get started? We have decided we want to adopt a child from China through the special needs program, but what do we do next?” So, although I am definitely no expert, I offer my best effort in answering that very question. The entire China program (NSN and SN) […]

Wild Olive winner week #3!


It’s Saturday. You know what that means… a new Wild Olive winner! Congratulations to Sara at Football and Fried Rice! Email me at and let me know what Wild Olive Tee you’d like! We will be giving away two more tees over the next two weeks, so there is still plenty of time to […]



Why? Some of you might know me from my personal blog, Ni Hao Y’all. But I am sure many more of you do not. So a quick run down is in order, lest there be some confusion as I share my story. Our story. My husband and I met in 1997, each having endured a […]

our first winner!


Congratulations to Jill from Life at Killeny Glen! You’re our first Wild Olive Tees winner! Contact me at and I’ll hook you up with the shirt of your choice. Thanks for playing, everyone! We’ll have another winner next week… And the next!

good stuff


Amie and I are buds. We’ve partnered up on a few things, God-led things. One is No Hands But Ours, and the other is Wild Olive. Since she and I both have a passion for both, we came up with a way to combine the two… For the next five weeks, we’ll be giving away […]



Are we making adoption too hard? Too overwhelming? Too complicated? I make an effort to read as much as I can about adoption, specifically trans racial adoption. Being the mom of 4, almost 5, Chinese children, I think it’s part of my job description to be informed and aware. And I’ve been reading a lot […]

contributing blogger mommas!

If you haven’t noticed yet, take a look to the left and check out all our new contributors! We’ve asked some fellow blogging moms to join us here at the No Hands But Ours blog to share their thoughts on the journey of being a mom. I can. not. wait. to read all the posts […]